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Sanchez’s City move might depend on Arsenal’s ability to sign Lemar from Monaco

Alexis Sanchez’s future hangs in the balance as his transfer to Manchester City hinges on Arsenal’s ability to convince Monaco to sell Thomas Lemar during the final hours of the deadline day.

Sanchez has been linked with a move to Manchester City after he rejected a new contract offer from Arsenal this summer and with the Chilean entering the final year of his current deal, he looks sure to move away from the Emirates Stadium, either this summer or the next.

Therefore, Arsenal might have to sell Sanchez during the final day of the transfer window if they are hopeful of getting any decent transfer fee from a player who sure to leave the club.

While manager Arsene Wenger had said that he would not mind winding up Sanchez’s contract, it might be in the best interest financially for Arsenal to sell the unhappy 28-year-old and use those funds to sign a suitable replacement.

City have shown regular interest in Sanchez and had recently made a bid of around £50 million but they were swiftly turned down.

Nonetheless, a newly improved bid of around £60 million is anticipated during the final hours of deadline day and Arsenal might be tempted to sell the 28-year-old for such a huge amount but only if they can sort out a replacement first.

The Gunners have been hoping to replace the Chilean international with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and have reportedly made a bid of around £92 million. Should Arsenal sign the Frenchman, then the North London side will reportedly sanction Sanchez’s move to City.

It is not ideal for Arsenal to lose a key player such as Sanchez to an immediate rival, however, it might be the logical thing to do to sell the player to City for a decent fee and use the funds to sign a talented player like Lemar as a replacement.

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